The Word is not Enough: Symbol, Myth, and Ritual in Hofmannsthal’s Libretto for Arabella

  • Marc Brooks University of Vienna, Austria

Abstract

Michael Steinberg claims that the Strauss-Hofmannsthal operas are successful because Hofmannsthal’s fixed, or ‘Apollonian’ libretto is counteracted by Strauss’s dynamic, or ‘Dionysian’ music. This paper challenges this view by looking at Hofmannsthal’s metaphysical writings and his correspondence with Strauss.

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Published
2015-04-03
How to Cite
BrooksM. (2015). The Word is not Enough: Symbol, Myth, and Ritual in Hofmannsthal’s Libretto for Arabella. Musicological Annual, 50(2), 239-249. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.50.2.239-249
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